Havant FOE Newsletter - March 2022

IPCC Report

The latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, tells us that the odds of annihilation are lower than previously imagined. Scientists are clear that not enough is being done to head off a climate disaster.

The IPCC suggests about 40% of the human race is living in the danger zone, and that many ecosystems are being irretrievably degraded. The UN secretary general, António Guterres, was forthright in describing the abdication of leadership by world powers as “criminal”.

The world’s biggest polluters, he said, “are guilty of arson on our only home”.

See the FOE article on this and remember it’s not a reason for giving up the fight – quite the opposite.
https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate/what-ipcc-climate-change-report-and-what-does-it-tell-us

Local Schools Green initiatives

Wednesday 9th March 7.00pm

We have invited teachers from Warblington School, Park Community School, Bosmere Junior School and St Alban’s C of E Primary to share their experiences, including projects working together and taking steps towards Eco School status.

You’ll be impressed and we’re sure it will lead to an interesting discussion, especially if people working in other schools come along.

We’ll also share some ideas for schools during our Havant Borough Big Green Week. The event will be via Zoom and if you register, we will share the link with you just beforehand.

Sign up here  https://actionnetwork.org/events/greener-schools

Friends of the Earth taking the government to court

Friends of the Earth has just been given the green light to take the government to court over two of its climate strategies. Find out what the Net Zero Strategy is and why we should try to fix it.

https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate/whats-net-zero-strategy-and-why-are-we-trying-fix-it

EVENTS COMING UP
Bird Aware Solent Talk

A beginner’s guide to birds by the coast – large wading birds

Date: Thursday 24th March
Time: 7:30 – 8.15pm

Book your place here via eventbrite for the free online zoom talk.

Global Climate Strike

Date: Friday 25th March

Keep an eye out on social media for details nearer the time.

Earth Hour

Date: 26th March
Time: 8.30 – 9.30pm

Join millions of people around the world and switch off your lights in support of nature and our planet.

Havant Borough Big Green Week

Date: 24th September – 2nd October

We’d welcome ideas and offers of help

PETITIONS
More must be done to stop pesticides contaminating our countryside and our food, and harming our wildlife.

The government is drawing up a new national plan for pesticide use. We need to make sure pesticide reduction is at the heart of farming in the UK.

Sign the petition to make sure there’s a clear plan to reduce pesticides and make the countryside a safer place for wildlife.  https://act.friendsoftheearth.uk/petition/shape-future-our-countryside

Soaring energy prices affect us all but hit some people especially hard – like older people and those on low incomes. Without urgent action many more will be forced to choose between heating and eating.

At the same time, fossil fuel companies including BP and Shell are making billions in record profits – and trashing the planet.

So please join the growing call for a windfall tax on the oil and gas giants first started by inspirational campaigners such as Fuel Poverty Action.

https://act.friendsoftheearth.uk/petition/make-polluters-pay-rising-energy-bills

Havant FOE Newsletter - February 2022

Preparing for Climate Resilient Harbours

Join Havant Climate Alliance’s meeting this Wednesday 9th February at 7pm on zoom to learn more about protecting our precious local harbours.

https://actionnetwork.org/events/climate-resilient-harbours

Fairtrade Fortnight 2022

See what’s it’s all about and learn about our local event on 3rd March which shows how Fairtrade and Climate Justice are closely linked.

https://campaign.exchange/2022/01/18/fairtrade-fortnight-2022/

Havant Borough Great Big Green Week

Havant Big Green Week Starts from the 24th September to the 2nd of October, so save this date for your diary. We want to reach out to lots more people this year so if you have ideas please do get in touch.

Greener Schools

Havant Climate Allinance’s March meeting will be a chance to hear about some of the exciting projects taking place in local schools.

To find out more and register please follow the link below.

https://actionnetwork.org/events/greener-schools 

Havant FOE Newsletter - December 2021

COP26 – What did it achieve and what should we do next?

Join us to discuss these issues on Wednesday 8th December at 7pm.
To sign up and get details: https://actionnetwork.org/events/after-cop26-what-next

Also see our page about COP26 on the Havant Climate Alliance website https://havantclimatealliance.com/2021/11/27/after-cop26-what-next/

Remind the Prime Minister to keep his Glasgow promises

The Climate Coalition, Christian Aid, ONE and Tearfund are getting supporters can sign an e-petition to add their name to a 3m tall Christmas Card which will be delivered to No 10 on the 15th December, and also send their own Christmas Card to the Prime Minister, to call for greater climate ambition.

Find out more and sign here

Friends of the Earth Petitions

FOE have several petitions running to sign against oil and gas exploration and support for fossil fuel projects overseas.

Take a look at their Take Action pages https://friendsoftheearth.uk/latest/actions

Green Jobs

There are lots of ways to transform our economy and create worthwhile jobs as we do so. The Campaign against Climate Change has produced a new book to show how this can be done. The authors will be telling us more at a meeting on 13th December, organised by the Portsmouth COP26 coalition

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-jobs-building-a-workforce-for-the-climate-emergency-tickets-218668913607

Havant Borough Council’s Climate Action Plan

Havant’s Climate Action Plan has now been published but not yet approved. You can view the Council’s Climate Strategy and the Action Plan on their website at https://www.havant.gov.uk/climate-change-and-environment

Do have a look and share your comments with us at [email protected]

The Police Bill

If the Bill was not alarming enough before, the Government has just added a whole lot of new clauses which is to make protests virtually impossible.

Have a look at that FOE has to say https://campaigning.friendsoftheearth.uk/news/latest-news-policing-bill-campaign